Measuring Crime

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  • Measuring Crime
    • Official Stats
      • Reported and recorded
    • Dark Figure of Crime
      • unreported or unrecorded crimes due to: no victim; victim being scared; unaware, e.g. fraud; lack of evidence e.t.c
      • Dowds Study: shows difference in crimes which are reported. one area recorded/reported crime under £10 in value, however another area did not. Showing that crime stats can easily be distorted.
    • Self Report
      • unreliable; bias; exaggerated
    • Victim Report
      • telescoping may occur (thinking it happened 1yr ago, when actually it happened 5yrs ago)


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